Racial Justice Ministry Team (RJMT)
We all have been touched and impacted by the news of racial conflicts around the country.
The experience is likely different in a very personal way for each of us depending on our age, family background, economic status, etc. It is in times such as these that we are called to examine those feelings and find our voice to contribute to the conversation in a way that reflects our Christian values.
Racial justice ministry is about being inclusive, not exclusive, to create a climate of peace, justice, freedom and dignity that embraces all people. A climate that provides opportunities for growth, leadership, empowerment and advocating for policies and programs that are socially and racially just.
“Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5).
Bishop Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, statement, This is the Day, regarding current events and issues of race in the United States, June 5, 2020
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New! 2021 Lenten Devotion Video Series
You are invited to participate in a Lenten Devotional video series that we have put together for Lent 2021! Our theme is “What God says > We Say: How We Rewrite God’s Covenant.“
In plain language, the title is “What God says is greater than what we say,” and it points to the tendency for humans to rewrite God’s plans, promises, and worldview into something that serves our selfishness or promotes our own understanding of the way things should be.
There are five videos in the series. Each video is about 20 minutes long. Each addresses one of the scripture lessons assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sundays of Lent in 2021 (Year B).
- Session 1: God says, “blessed.” We say, “cursed.” Based on Genesis 9:8-28
- Session 2: God says, “welcome.” We make divisions. Based on Genesis 17
- Session 3: God says, “worship.” We say, “profit.” Based on John 2:13-22
- Session 4: God liberates. We turn back to bondage. Based on Numbers 21:4-9
- Session 5: God says, “forgiven.” We ask, “Really?” Based on Jeremiah 31:31-34
Each video begins with an introduction that includes a brief explanation of Womanist Theology. That summary is followed by an introduction to the scripture and speaker for that video. Each speaker shares a reflection on one of the texts, which is followed by a brief interview. At the end of the interview, viewers are invited to have their own discussions.
Along with the videos that you can view on YouTube by clicking the buttons below, you can access a discussion guide that accompanies this series here.
If you would like to download the videos, which can make the video playback easier if you are sharing the video over Zoom, you can view a Dropbox folder that contains each of the videos and the discussion guide here.
Listen and Learn About Racism Sessions
LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT RACISM sessions from Summer 2020 that have been recorded and are available for us in congregations or for individuals to learn! Topics include understanding basic terminology, national history, Lutheran church history and finding your personal call to action. Click here for the access to these resources.
Comprehensive Resource Guide
Our Racial Justice Ministry Team has collected a number of useful Racial Justice Resources. See some of them highlighted below. Here is a Current Comprehensive Resource Guide.
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Where do I begin?
If you are new to understanding issues of racial justice, here are some resources that we suggest as you get started:
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown, 2018
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore, 2011
Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World, Rozella Haydee White, 2019
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to New America, Jim Wallace, 2017
The Cross and The Lynching Tree, James H. Cone, 2013